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The power of community and conferences

September 18, 2017

WHO would have thought a couple of days in the tropical paradise of Fiji – where things seem to run at a slower, more relaxed pace – could be so empowering and enlightening?

 

Enticing industry leaders to this year’s RCSA Conference beside palm-fringed beaches lapped by tropical waters amid balmy weather conditions was never going to be a difficult task, but it would always take a special collection of inspirational speakers to lure them from the pool, and the event on September 6-8 definitely delivered.

 

 

 

From moving beyond our default thinking after we’ve unpacked our Fiji souvenirs to ensuring we don’t get bogged down in the “Bacon Wars” around the office, the conference had more than a few knowledge nuggets for everyone to take away.

 

More than 230 attendees from Australia and New Zealand enjoyed the Fijian hospitality last week, and maybe a little too much kava, as the peak industry body set out to challenge our thinking, shake up our leadership style and ensure we, as a community, are at the forefront of leading in the world of work.

 

But this conference wasn’t all about us and our industry. Thanks to the event organisers, this year’s conference made us take a step back and examine what the concept of ‘community’ really means and how we can play a stronger role in our own communities.

 

As the RCSA president Robert van Stokrom said in his opening address, when you step back and look at what the recruitment industry does it boils down to the fact that we, as professionals, make it happen so we get the joy of calling people to tell them they have a job. A job that will assist and filter back to their families and, in turn, their communities. 

 

"our community contributes to the economic growth of Australia and New Zealand by finding work for around 500,000 people every year."

 

 

Robert helped us remember that our community contributes to the economic growth of Australia and New Zealand by finding work for around 500,000 people every year. It’s not something to be taken for granted.

 

Just like Young New Zealander of the Year Sam Johnson and NSW’s Australian of the Year Deng Adut reminded attendees during their keynote talks, it’s communities of diverse people, young and old, that make the difference when disaster strikes or when a young and angry refugee rallies against all odds and turns his life around to help others find their new community.